Holiday Health Survival Guide: Part I

Over the next few days leading up to Christmas, Jennifer Larsen, Personal Health and Fitness Coach and Owner of Cherry Blossom Fitness will share her five Holiday Health Survival Guide tips to stay on the ball this holiday season!

By Jennifer Larsen

Life is busy enough as it is and with the holidays at our doorstep it feels like there are never enough hours in the day! We have family and work obligations, chores, community and church activities, plus the stress of family getting together and then all the other million tiny things that are seeping into our lives and snatching up all our extra time.

With all that said, many of you may be thinking, eating right and staying healthy is the LAST thing on my mind. Do not let the holiday madness kick you overboard so easily! Finding and making time to stay healthy through the coming weeks is easier than it may seem.

The first thing you need to do is make a conscious commitment with yourself. When you own your decisions you gain control. Let me explain. Write down why you want to be healthy. It can be a long or short list. Some of the reasons I want to stay healthy are increasing my energy and stamina so I can enjoy the activities I like in life, I want to be free from disease and increase my life span, I want to be happy, I want to feel good about myself, I want to KNOW I am doing the best thing for myself because…and here’s the most important reason…I am an incredible person and I DESERVE to be healthy.

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My commitment always is to make the best decisions possible to stay healthy and energetic. My more specific decisions for the holidays are this: to only eat one goodie per week and two between Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I also will not overeat and continue to feed myself in a healthy way. I also commit to exercising 5 days a week and the week of Christmas at least 3 days. I am sharing all this as an example to a plan. I am allowing myself some “goodies” and because I have planned for specific events, it will be easier to follow through. One of my favorite sayings is: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”

Stay tuned for tip #2 on multi-tasking fitness tomorrow!

Jennifer LarsenJennifer Larsen graduated from Brigham Young University in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Her passion is helping women and pre/post natal fitness and she loves to incorporate meditation and affirmations, lifelong healthy eating habits, and fitness routines that fit easily into busy schedules into her health and fitness plans.